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Health-care law gender gap
Date:6/26/2012

As the Supreme Court prepares to issue its ruling on Thursday, Americans are divided along party, ideology and gender lines on a key provision of the healthcare law.

A new National Agenda Opinion Poll by the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication reveals women are significantly more likely to support health insurance requirements than men. Additionally, Democrats and liberals overwhelmingly favor insurance mandates, whereas large majorities of Republicans and conservatives oppose them.

The national telephone survey of 906 Americans was conducted by the Center for Political Communication from May 20 to June 6. Professors David C. Wilson and Paul Brewer supervised the study. Wilson, the center's coordinator for public opinion initiatives, said "the results suggest President Obama may actually have more political capital for his health insurance requirement than is widely reported."

The survey first asked "Do you favor or oppose a requirement that all people have health insurance?" Pollsters then went on to ask the same question four other ways inserting the terms: federal requirement, state requirement, federal requirement signed by President Barack Obama and state requirement signed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Gender Gap

Women were significantly more likely to support health insurance requirements than men, particularly at the federal level. Women show their strongest support for a federal health care requirement signed by Obama. They support state level requirements at the same level as men, whether Romney is mentioned or not.

Brewer, the center's associate director for research, said, "No matter what the Supreme Court does, its ruling will go against the views of a sizable portion of the public. Public opinion about a mandate is deeply polarized along partisan and ideological lines."

Partisan Divide

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Contact: Andrea Boyle Tippett
aboyle@udel.edu
302-831-1421
University of Delaware
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